The world is
watching a frightening reality show, as both the US and Israel threaten to
mutually freak out, and, in the process, destroy much of what passes for
civilization. They work in tandem to strangle Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and
Afghanistan, calling their murderous assaults democracy. This, while they
feverishly depict Iran as the mirror of themselves: a menace to the human race.
Though the power of
the Israeli lobby in the U.S. can make it seem that both nations are one, there
is a separation when it comes to paying the price for their common supremacist
madness. While neither of these twins of global terror really benefit from
their perverse relationship, one does absorb a far greater cost. Part of that
is money, and part is the loss of life in the invasion of foreign nations, and
the experience of 911. The expense will become even greater in the near future,
and could cause depression which would not simply be in the individually
profitable mental area, but in the far more costly physical, social realm.
biblically inspired shapers of American foreign policy rapturously wait for
Cuba to fail, Iraq to succeed, Israel to rule and the messiah to appear, the
nation sinks more deeply into financial and political despair. This is hardly a
positive situation for the inmates of our national institution, but global
reaction may offer hope that all is not lost.
What passes for the
official international community is under the control of a minority dominated
U.N., but a growing voice of the global majority is becoming louder and more
powerful. Whether its democratic tendency will overcome angry reactionary
violence is a question for the future, but continued Western domination will
assure the most bloody outcome for the planet and its people.
indicators clearly show the wealthy and their servant class reaping enormous
benefits from present reality, with the global majority absorbing the massive
costs. Here in the USA, the gap between the top 25 percent and the bottom 75
percent has been expanding for years, but has hardly been noticed as the former
working class -- now re-branded the middle class -- consumes massive amounts of
often useless products. It does this using borrowed and imaginary funds. Why
should it be different, given that the nation, recently sinking to its eyeballs
in a sea of liability, now barely shows its receding hairline in an ocean of
The empire only
survives with material military power to enforce its immaterial faith in the
market god. But even that balance is changing, as recently shown in an upstart
guerilla band fighting a mechanized military juggernaut to a standstill in
anti-imperial forces, labeled terrorist by the declining West, are
communicating with masses of people and achieving authority the new fashioned
way: democratically. Whether it is the organized and formerly powerless in
Venezuela, Palestine, Lebanon, Bolivia or Mexico, the international nature of
the movement is frightening enough to the ruling powers of empire to provoke
their most irrational attacks on life, and reason.
The bloody assaults
on Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza and Lebanon, to name only the most blatant, are all
rationalized as defensive measures. These are taken against threats originating
from evil sources that would create a strange new world of national equality
among majorities, rather than maintaining that of international dominance by
In keeping with this
deranged analysis from the nightmarish mentality of Western fundamentalism, the
global anti-Semitism industry and its employees in national government have
dubbed the elected leader in Iran a �new Hitler.� What, exactly, has
Ahmadinejad done to deserve this overused and much abused label?
His hate mongering
opposition murders foreigners with impunity, has military forces occupying
other nations, and is armed with the most deadly weapons of mass destruction
ever known to humanity. Meanwhile, he and his nation represent no threat to any
but those in the West who choose the role of divine imperial dominators. Most
of humanity sees the threat, clearly, while the Western leaders look through a
lens blurred by myopic vision and with a terminally challenged capacity to
deranged view is passed on to great numbers of Western citizens who rely for
their world iew on the empire�s staff of stenographers, posing as objective
reporters in the media.
Led by a president
who would need to see a proctologist to have his head examined, the nation
lurches towards a dangerous if not disastrous future. Is there any hope for
positive change in the rulers of the USA? One brief glance at the frontrunners
for the presidential slot in our quadrennial choice-free selection process
doesn't offer much.
Change in the USA
may come from capital�s largest holders, who show signs of growing panic at the
machinations of a financial mall in which billions of dollars are immaterially
exchanged in order to make believe there is material substance behind their
electronic illusion. Forecasts of doom among many of the less fundamentalist
priests and rabbis of the marketplace may bring more seemingly rational
imperialists to power. But the problems will remain and get worse, until there
is a real democratic upsurge from the people.
expecting that surge to come from the citizens of the USA seems a bit
presumptuous, if not quite as irrational as our leadership. If it has to come
from outside and work its way in, so be it. But we�d better hope, if not pray,
that the world will show more care and concern for us than we have shown for
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